- something to wear
- something to read
- something you want
- something you need
Last year I did my best to make what I could, and save money on the things I couldn't. The 'read' was easy--he has an Amazon wishlist that included Kindle downloads. No problem, and easy to keep secret.
I also knew that he needed new laces for his work shoes; somehow he managed to fray the ones he had, so that was another cheap purchase.
But then we got into the 'want' and 'wear'. To be fair, I could have cheaped out and made a 2-for-1, but I'm not that much cheapskate. I knew he needed a winter hat, so I purchased a pattern to go with the expensive Scottish wool yarn I'd purchased from a little yarn store in North Carolina, and got to work on a flat cap (also known I suppose as a driver's cap).
Yet I wasn't done impressing myself. I've used freezer paper stencils before, but I was going to take it to a whole new level. I was deliberately going to rip off a design that had been part of a pre-order bonus for a Bioware game that I hadn't even heard of until it was released as a trilogy. Even then, when I purchased said trilogy for the Panda for Christmas 2012, I didn't know anything about it.
If you said:
You'd be correct.
Yes, the hoodie is hand-painted. No, the Panda is not allowed to wash it without my direct supervision.
But how am I going to top that this year?
- something to wear: I have no ideas. Mayyyyybe a new black belt for work?
- something to read: Easy. I have the ever-present Amazon wishlist to guide me.
- something he wants: He's told me repeatedly that he wants a holster for his handgun. There's just one problem: I know nothing about guns! If I take it to the new Cabela's in town, would they be able to tell me which one I need??
- something he needs: Do they make automatic panda-trimmers? No? Hm. Possibly another pair of pajama pants for winter, since he only has one fluffy pair.
But none of this is handmade! What to do! I shall consult Ravelry for ideas...